MINOT, N.D.—2021 was a year for the books at the North Dakota State Fair. After a year of staying home, visitors from across North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, and all the way from New York, came to the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot to enjoy the food, rides, concerts, livestock, and North Dakota culture on display.  Attendance this year totaled 310,685 over the nine days of the Fair.


“We had a super Fair! We were blessed with hot, but great weather and a team of dedicated staff who executed a great plan,” said Renae Korslien, North Dakota State Fair Manager.  The weather over the course of the nine days was in the 90’s and sunny and the evenings were perfect for enjoying the rides, shopping, food, concerts, and meeting friends at the North Dakota State Fair, making it feel like ‘Now it’s Really Summer!”


Another contributing factor to this year’s growth was the tremendous free stage entertainment.  Our brand-new free stage, stage 8, was filled with two incredible acts. Crabtree amusements was also back with incredible rides that proved to be a hit. Two of those rides were brand new spectaculars, the Down Draft, and Ground Zero. 4-H and FFA also filled the ND State Fair Center, and livestock barns with static exhibits and livestock all 9 days!


Kane Brown was the most attended concert of the North Dakota State Fair, with 10,338 people filling the Grandstand and standing room areas. Dan+Shay were not far behind with 10,290.  Other impressive concerts included Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ashley McBryde, Sawyer Brown, Casey Donahew, and Billy Idol.


If you’re interested in finding results to any of the events or exhibits, they are being posted as we received them.  Please visit www.ndstatefair.com and click on the Daily News link under the Plan tab to find those results.  Thank you for making the 2021 North Dakota State Fair a huge success, and we look forward to seeing you July 22-30, 2022!